Two Rajasthan policemen, including a station house officer, were suspended on Saturday in connection with the rape and murder of a woman constable in a police station earlier this week.
Authorities also removed the remaining 20 policemen from the Chechat Police Station, around 80 km from Kota city, and shunted them to Kota Police Lines.
“SHO Ammilal Chaudhary and police constable Mangal Singh have been suspended for dereliction of duty. The entire staff of Chechat Police Station has been removed and a new staff sent in its place,” said Ravikant Mittal, superintendent of police, Kota rural.
The woman constable was raped and murdered on Thursday in the guesthouse of the police station allegedly by a police driver and a cook, who was working in the police station.
The two accused have been arrested and remanded to police custody till October 4.
The incident sparked widespread protests in Chechat town on Friday. Protesters clashed with the police, who resorted to baton charging and fired teargas shells to control the situation. Local markets also remained closed.
The situation was largely peaceful on Saturday.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condemned the incident and directed the additional director general of police (vigilance) to probe the rape and murder.
The government also announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the victim’s family.
Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje visited the family of the victim to offer condolences. “Crimes against women are increasing in the state but the government is indifferent to it,” she said.